Banjo player admits to seeking sex with minors

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A Nashville banjo player has begun facing the music by pleading guilty Friday morning in federal court to the attempted enticement of what he believed was a 7-year-old girl.

Prosecutors alleged that Abraham Eugene Spear, 30, communicated for several weeks with an undercover law officer who he believed was the mother of two girls, ages 7 and 9, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney's office for the Northern District of Texas.

Using the monikers MUSICMAN30 and BANJOPAINE, Spear allegedly tried to persuade the mother in Internet and text messages to let him meet her daughters for sexual encounters.

He then made plans to meet with the mother at a Dallas restaurant while in town Sept. 20 to perform with Josh Thompson's band at a Dallas bar. Instead, he was arrested by the FBI.

"Spear admitted that many of the messages he sent were sexual in nature and geared toward the 'mother's' seven and nine-year-old daughters," the release says.

"Spear also admitted sending a sexually explicit photo of himself to the 'mother,' asking what the girls would think of the photo."

The release says Spear also admitted engaging in sexually explicit communications with other mothers of underage girls, including once offering to pay $200 to engage in sexual acts with the mother's daughter.

Sentencing for Spear, who has been in federal custody since his arrest, is scheduled for June 7 before Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater in Dallas. Spear faces up to life in prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.

Spear, an original member of the country and bluegrass band The Twang Bangers, joined Thompson's band in 2010, playing pedal steel guitar, banjo and guitar, according to Windspearit Entertainment's Facebook page.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

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